Category Archives: Business Mindset
We are living in a day and age where few people are held responsible for their actions (or more often, lack of action). It seems to have become the norm for many of our business- and political leaders to apportion blame or provide eloquent reasons (aka excuses) as to why things went wrong, or why they did not deliver the desired results.
In recent weeks and months we have heard about the Education Department’s non-delivery of textbooks, striking mine-workers, service delivery protests, labour unrest in many sectors and the excessive consulting-spend by government departments, to name a few. In each of these instances, we could hardly see anyone owning up or taking responsibility – just a lot of investigation, discussion and blame-shifting. I’m not sure about you, but I find this EXTREMELY annoying and hence my reason for today’s topic about taking personal responsibility.
Have you ever critically evaluated how you show up for business? The first impression that you are making or the impact that your presence has on a given situation? Ever wondered if you could do something differently to have a more powerful presence and impactful intercation when you show up for business?
It is not only my opinion, but also my experience that HOW you show up for business or in the workplace will determine your results – and your success.
We have all experienced adversity or some set-back at some time or another. That nauseating, gut-wrenching feeling when something goes wrong (trust me, I have had this feeling MANY times in my life).
It might be something simple like a car break-down or getting stuck in a traffic jam. Or it might be something more significant like losing a key client, missing a tender submission deadline, the sobering realisation that your project will horribly run over budget, or even being the victim of crime.
For most of us in business or in a workplace, the professional journey is hardly a smooth ride. Getting and staying in business, or in a top professional position for that matter, usually comes with a magnitude of challenges. And, well, from time to time we get tempted to walk away from it all – to give up.
I often talk about success factors for business and life in general. As a matter of fact, it is one of those common threads in my business and the messages I share. One of the key professional success factors is tenacity, or the ability to persist and navigate through tough times (even when it is REALLY tempting to just give up). Yes, giving-up on professional hopes, dreams and desires is a significant reason why businesses cease to exist in tough times.
I personally think that most people, even highly successful achievers, at some stage or another feel that they could do with a little more confidence and courage in their lives. We live in a world where negativity often dominates the media. At both personal and professional levels we are often reminded of our weaknesses, shortcomings and what cannot be done. Whilst the media bombards us with subtle messages which highlight our shortcomings, we may also be reminded of what we lack by people closest to us – people who we actually rely on for encouragement and support. These all slowly erode confidence and courage.
The good news is that there are a number of proven techniques that, if applied consistently and on a regular basis, can help you to move beyond fear, doubt and uncertainty, and actually push up the level of confidence and courage you already have!
Do you wake-up daily with mental ENERGY and PASSION to take on your professional challenges or does your heart sink into your shoes at the prospect of another day on the job or work-place?
Well, there are times in all of our lives and careers when we reach a crossroad. In which direction should we go? Some individuals will actively look for the next step, while others will hang around, waiting for the next step to come to them.
It is possible to have a career or business that ignites your professional passion and a life where you have personal power.
All of us have been there. That heart-sink feeling of disappointment which is only the precursor to a whole host of other emotions ranging from regret to anger, bitterness and even resentment. The reason? Your business, reputation or bank balance has taken a knock – You trusted someone to deliver on their promises, or what […]
We are all too familiar the proverb “Procrastination is the Thief of Time”. Well, today I would like to add that, in business and in life in general, it is also the thief of energy, enthusiasm, creativity, productivity and ultimately money and success. Read more about the symptoms and strategies to deal with it…